Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge Team

Abby Hempy has recently launched the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge Team BMW Art Car-Inspired Engineering Project to Benefit Local Dance Studio in Houghton, Michigan. Entering Hempy’s home, one would immediately notice all the paintings, notes Hempy. One on every wall. “Art, in all forms, is important to me,” says Hempy. Her “escape” from studying at... Read more »

Vicki Wood: Breaking Gender Barriers in Auto Racing

Before women could be seen-or even allowed-on the racing track, Vicki Wood was “the fastest woman in racing.” Known as a “Lady Speedster,” Wood began racing stock cars for ‘kicks,’ while raising a family in Detroit. If you were a woman racing at all back then, it was most often in the powder-puff events. The... Read more »

Girls Can Race Too

Most kids only dream of driving a race car, yet, an increasing number of girls (as well as boys) are making those dreams come true. A fast growing segment of drag racing, for instance, is Junior Dragster, which offers young kids a lot of fun and friendship, as well as quite an experience. Kids 8-17... Read more »

Big News for Toyota

A big shout-out from Toyota Motor Company on May 18 that they will be introducing two all-new hybrid models. According to the leader in all things automotive, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicle. To commemorate the anniversary, Toyota will produce two all-new Hybrid models, offering two 2020 Prius Editions, in... Read more »

Inflating your Car’s Tires with Nitrogen Makes Sense

Inflating your Car’s Tires with Nitrogen Makes Sense
How many of you have heard the murmurs about inflating automobile tires with nitrogen rather than air? After doing a little research, it appears more folks are electing to use this method of tire inflation than in the past. It’s not a new phenomenon. Perhaps not as common to the average car owner, nitrogen tire... Read more »

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD
It’s hard not to like a Toyota product and the n 2020 Avalon is no exception. Although for years it was a rather drab high-end sedan. Let’s face it, as popular as the Camry has always been, it too, wasn’t an eye-catcher. However, those days are long gone and both Toyota sedans are stylish and... Read more »

2020 Mazda6 Signature Sedan: A Refined Sedan for All

The Mazda6 is more than an ordinary mid-size family sedan, but then Mazda is more than the “usual” Japanese auto manufacturer. Founded in 1920 as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Mazda was renamed in 1984. Known for development of and using the Wankel engine, they are best known for the iconic sportster, the MX-5, Miata. It... Read more »

The Coronavirus and the Auto Industry

I was invited to tune in on a webinar presented by the Center for Automotive Research entitled “Coronavirus Update: Disruption and the Impact to the Auto Industry.” Two of the speakers covered what impact the latest world health scare has had thus far on the automotive industry; both here and abroad. They hit on some... Read more »

The 112th Chicago Auto Show: Don't Miss It

This is the last weekend to get down to the world’s largest auto show. The Chicago Auto Show ends Monday February 17, at 8:00 p.m., closing out yet another successful year. In its 112th year, the Chicago Auto Show is the biggest in North America, taking up more than 1 million square feet of production,... Read more »

A Perfect Match for Indy

I’m a little late to the party. I should have been writing about this news a few months ago. What many in Indy think is that the new owner of the Indianapolis 500 enterprise, Roger Penske seems like a natural fit. Having met Mr.Penske years ago at the launch of the new-to-the-U.S. SmartCar in San... Read more »